At the risk of degenerating Chicagoboyz into Fox or CNBC, let’s note CBS reports a verdict at Ford Hood, where
Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr., the reputed ringleader of a band of rogue guards at the Abu Ghraib prison, was convicted Friday of abusing Iraqi detainees in a case that sparked international outrage when photographs were released that showed reservists gleefully abusing prisoners.
This CBS story, like most, doesn’t give the context to help us pass the test at the Mudville Gazette. However, it does seem to purposely mislead and choose interesting phrasing in an attempt to blow CBS’s horn. “The deck was stacked against him once charges were filed, especially after his supervisors refused to back him up” their legal expert notes. A network enamoured of “cover up” chooses “back him up” here?
Apparently the jury decided men in their thirties were capable of choosing evil on their own. It saw neither noble savages nor a need for aluminum tinfoil beanies.
We haven’t been talking much about Iraq lately. Ralf Goergens’s post last week comparing Iraq to South Africa was interesting. PBS and NPR seem to have a different take. On a variety of their shows, the assumption is that Iraq, the election, and any future is a debacle seems a given. (My daughters claim I keep the television and radios on far too much; they are right.) But in the background this week Charlie Rose leaned forward in sympathy as Stephen P. Cohen and Rashi Khalidi made this assumption; tonight, Jim Lehrer leaned in, asking David Brooks if he isn’t disturbed by the deaths of American soldiers. Generally, I like Lehrer – but this idea that those who want us to pull out, those that want to say the whole thing is a debacle are the people who really care about others is a point Brooks needn’t concede. And he didn’t. Instapundit notes a soldier’s reaction to such reporting and commenting.
Maybe Iraq is falling apart – the death toll is high. Our guys – great guys whose lives were likely to be full and rich – have died. The Iraqis who have died are ones likely to lead the country from chaos – election workers, police in training. We have no doubts that the ambition of the “insurgents” is chaos. Still, Sullivan linked to In Cafe Debate, a Victory for Elections, a Washington Post article on Iraqi chat. In an extreme moment, the writer observes:
Not to be outdone, a smiling Suheil Yassin jumped in. “It’s one of my wishes to die at the gate of the polling station,” he said, a gesture that was self-consciously dramatic. “I want to be a martyr for the ballot box.”
Well, the gesture may have been “self-consciously dramatic,” but the truth is that we hear on the news of people who have been such martyrs. Surely that is news – and surely that reflects the fervency of people who know they are taking risks for the elections, for bringing order to the streets – and they do it anyway.
Not surprisingly, Iraq the Model spends much time on the election and in a positive way; In fact, this is the kind of remark that is heartening:
Day by day, people get more involved in the process and dedicate more of their attention and time to follow the news and discuss the updates and events that are related to the elections and involved parties.
One person I met in Erbil said that he wasn’t going to vote for any of the two major Kurdish parties until they decided to unite their lists and form an alliance. He said “it’s obvious now that they’re not thinking about shallow partisan interests. They’re thinking more about the country’s interests.”